Wednesday 13 April 2022

Heavy Barrel (NES review)

Developer: Data East
Publisher: Data East
Released: 1990

Heavy Barrel is a run 'n' gun title that was first released in the Arcades in 1987.

+ The ample storage lockers encourage you to experiment with different weapon combinations by using your keys wisely.

+ Comprehensive enemy types with unique attack patterns will test your awareness and reaction speeds.

+ Levels keep you on your toes by constantly scrolling horizontally, vertically and diagonally, often within the same area.

+ It's impressive how the stages seamlessly flow into one another (with no breaks) to simulate an epic journey.

- However, the later stages lean too heavily on reused design assets and end up repeating the same layouts.

- Hitting diagonal shots can be problematic and with no evade manoeuvre some situations result in unavoidable death.

- The end credits are a real let-down due to them displaying a text-only screen in a very anti-climactic manner.

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